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Member News- August 12, 2020

The Bloomsburg Children’s Museum Birthday Bash

On August 15th, come join The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg for fun, food, and entertainment for their 35th Birthday Bash! There will be free admission from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and let’s not forget the birthday cake! Without the support of the community, they would not be where they are today. So come join as we celebrate 35 years of fun and learning! Also, please consider donating to help fund further programs.


United in Recovery Celebrates Recovery Month this September

From free webinars to a Virtual 5k, join United in Recovery for 30-days of self-care and other special events – all geared towards providing anyone experiencing substance use disorder with resources, support, and community.

Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month takes place every September and is a month-long event designed to provide education on mental health and substance use disorders. It also celebrates the work of individuals in recovery and provides support to affected families and individuals in need.

“It is a time to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and, ever importantly, celebrate the people who recover,” said Olivia Oden, Stigma Reduction and Education Coordinator at United in Recovery.  “It is also a time to honor the treatment and service providers who make recovery possible.”

September 1st kicks off United in Recovery’s celebration of Recovery Month with 30-days of self-care and their annual 5k fundraiser. Each day there will be a self-care challenge posted on the United in Recovery Facebook page (@unitedinrecoverycolumbiamontour). A printable version of the calendar can also be downloaded from the United In Recovery webpage.

Due to the unique circumstances of COVID-19, United in Recovery is partnering with Titan Event Company to offer a ‘Virtual 5k’ this year. Participants choose from multiple distances (1 mile, 5k, or 10k) and can run or walk anytime, anywhere between September 1st – 21st. Everyone who participates is entered for a chance to win prizes. Winners will be selected at random. Registration is just $10 per person and kids 12 and under are free. Sign up today as an individual or a team at Commemorative T-shirts are also available for purchase on the website for $15 each. All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the United in Recovery program.

“Here at United in Recovery we celebrate everyone’s path to recovery. That is why we wanted to make sure to honor the month with lots of events, opportunities to get involved, and informational sessions to learn more about substance-use disorder and local resources,” said Adrienne Mael, President/CEO of United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties.

Two ‘Lunch and Learn’ webinars will be offered, the first on September 15th and the second on September 17th, from 12-1pm. Topics will include substance use disorder, what it is and how to fight the stigma surrounding this disease; the history of Recovery Month, as well as inspirational stories of recovery. Registration is free and opens on September 1st. Attendees must register in advance via the Zoom platform at

September 22nd at 7 pm is ‘Recovery Stories,’ a virtual storytelling event. This event provides an opportunity for those experiencing substance use disorder to come together to inspire, teach, and influence change. The hope is to tear down the walls of stigma by creating a safe place to share, learn, and grow in our understanding of this disease and how it affects individuals, their families, and our community as a whole. Registration for this event is free and opens September 1st. To sign-up, visit or follow our Facebook page for the link.

“We want to cheer on those who have found recovery and support those still in the process,” said Ms. Mael. “Together we can end overdose deaths in our local communities and reduce the instances of substance-use disorder.”

To learn more about Recovery Month and all the events United in Recovery has planned, visit the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties’ website or email for more information. 


USG Safety Milestone

On July 20, USG Washingtonville achieved 8 years without a loss time injury.  Safety and quality of product are USG’s top priorities.  The company’s commitment to safety is demonstrated by their diligent safety committee, monthly team safety meetings, and an exemplary team that performs their job both efficiently and safely. 

USG’s philosophy is ‘There is no job so important or so urgent that it cannot be done safely.’ 


Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation Awards Competitive Grants

The Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation (BACF) recently awarded $9,450 to local nonprofits during its competitive grantround. The awards were granted through the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation Fund and the Hartman / Robbins / Stroup Fund.

The BACF focused its funding on organizations that invest in community programs and projects within Bloomsburg and surrounding areas. Those grant recipients include:

AGAPE Love from Above to Our Community, Heating Utility Assistance for Town of Bloomsburg Residents $1,400
Bloomsburg Public Library, Free Computer Skills Training to Enhance Job & Career Success $555
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, BTE COVID-19 Precautions Project $500
• Central Susquehanna Sight Services, Inc., 2020/2021 Preventing Blindness in Our Community Initiative $500
Columbia Child Development Program, Literacy materials for Infants through 5 years $755
• Eos Therapeutic Riding Center, Purchase of 2 Saddle Pads, Latigo Tie, Billet and 4 pair of wide angled stirrups $1,215
• Family Service Association of NEPA, PA 211 NE/ Help Line $500
Friends of the Columbia County Traveling Library, Paying Off Our Traveling Library Together $700
Ronald McDonald House of Danville, Inc., Share-A-Night Program $500
• The Arc Susquehanna Valley, Bloomsburg Area Social/Recreational Programs for Self-Advocates $500
The Children’s Museum, Inc., Increasing Worker Safety at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum $550
• Transitional Housing and Care Center of Columbia and Montour County, Road to Independence $775
• Coalition for Social Equity, Organization Support in Honor of Isabelle Tarr $1,000

The Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation which helps administer BACF’s grant investments. Nonprofit organizations that provide programming in the Bloomsburg community and surrounding areas are encouraged to apply during the 2021 competitive grantround. Details will be available at

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